High Mount School - Home Of The Trojans

June 24, 2020

Dear HMS Parents and Guardians,

I hope this message finds you and your family safe and well. On Tuesday, the Illinois State Board of Education released guidance for schools on the 2020-21 school year.

This 60-page document has been much anticipated and will help to answer critical questions we share regarding the 2020-21 school year. Questions loom in terms of in-person learning, scheduling, transportation, wearing masks, social distancing and other measures intended to keep everyone safe and healthy, while also re-engaging students in the learning process.

At this very time, we don’t have all the answers to those questions as this document was released to school districts at the same time it was released to the public. Therefore, we kindly ask for your patience as our staff thoroughly reviews this detailed guidance and implements the suggestions into our district’s own transition plan.

High Mount School District 116 is keenly aware of the urgent need to communicate to families about what to expect next school year and anticipate releasing our transition plan as soon as possible in July.

Our district will form a transition team, but we have already been discussing options. This guidance will accelerate those conversations, and I am confident our district can put forth a plan that prioritizes the health and safety of our students while maintaining a dynamic learning environment.

Thank you again for your patience, understanding, and flexibility as our entire district continues to navigate a situation together that none of us could have imagined.

I will be in touch soon. In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy your summer.


Dr. Beth A. Horner
High Mount School

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School History

The first school, consisting of one room, was built in 1880. By 1960, eight additional classrooms and a basement were added. In 1967, six more rooms and a multi-purpose room were added. In 1992, the new gym and two classrooms were added and extensive remodeling was completed. In April, 2001, the community voted to help High Mount expand the school. This expansion provided needed space for the growing student population, storage areas, and allowed for enhancements to the curriculum.

In 2003, great things happened again. Construction of a new wing began. We now have new and additional classrooms, band/chorus music room, science laboratory and new offices. In 2006 we installed an electronic marquee and constructed a new main entry-way.